Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), MA, M.ED, E-RYT-500, NCC (#87024)
Founder-Director of MINDBODY CENTERING YOGA & LiveGlobally (501 c-3)
NINA BE (MA, MEd, E-RYT-500, NCC, IAYT) is the Director of MindBody Centering Yoga, one of the first trauma-sensitive yoga techniques. She is a teacher, yoga therapist, certified counselor, and writer, who has been teaching, choreographing and designing effective wellness programs internationally for over 35 years. Nina holds Master's degrees in Performing Arts (1979) and Psychology (2004), is a National Certified Counselor (NCC #8702), Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500). She is certified by Lisa Clark for EmbodiYoga (RYT-500) Dharma Mittra (RYT-500) Amy Weintraub in Lifeforce Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, by Richard Miller in iRest Yoga Nidra, and has received the 5 mindfulness trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh as a devoted student of applied mindfulness.
Nina's work spans from private yoga therapy sessions with individuals, families, athletes, performing artists and groups to MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Trainings and Wellness Programs for corporations, universities and schools. MBCY uniquely blends methodologies and practices from the somatic science, neurology, psychology, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha Raja Yoga, Kundalini, classical and contemporary dance techniques, Yoga Nidra, Nada and Restorative Yoga traditions. Master Teachers Thich Nhat Hanh, Dharma Mittra, Pema Chodron, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Bonnie Baimbridge Cohen, Lisa Clark, Melanie Fawer, Sean Johnson of Wild Lotus, have inspired Nina to share their sacred teachings to help others lead centered peaceful lives.
Specialized RYT 200 & 300/500 hour Yoga Certification Programs of MindBody Centering Yoga are currently being offered at Global Breath Studio in Durham, North Carolina.
Nina's life purpose is defined as founder of LiveGlobally, ( 501(c)3) and her vision of advocating for children’s well-being, to quel global poverty through the practice of applied mindfulness in the tradition of social activist Thich Nhat Hanh. This growing community has supported the building of the Ingrid Children Education Centre, a school of excellence in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, establishing girls health initiatives, women's entrepreneurial micro-bank projects, as well as collaborations with local Boys & Girls Clubs and prison programs in the US.
In order to satisfy her passionate curiosity, Nina has traveled to 38 states and 19 countries. She can be found at various Yoga Festivals around the country!
BART WESTDORP spent his childhood & adolescence in the Netherlands. He comes from a very linear, pragmatic culture, where the conventional truth of this life is analyzed from an empirical perspective. He uses his ongoing questioning and observation as tools to deepen his understanding of yogic practices.
Bart is a craftsman, artist, athlete, and teacher. When not practicing yoga, he can be found building or repairing just about anything. He likes to know how things work, from both mechanical and energetic perspectives.
In 2008, together with his father and uncle, he helped build the Body Center, Nina's first yoga studio in Raleigh. In 2013 he renovated the third floor of a 19th century warehouse in downtown Durham, transforming it into Global Breath Studio.
Bart began his spiritual journey over 25 years ago, when he decided to become a vegetarian. Without knowing the language yet, he started practicing many of the Yamas and Niyamas of Yoga.
Bart began his Asana practice about 15 years ago. His first class with Dharma Mittra in New York in 2009 ignited his true passion for Yoga, and that fall he entered his 200 hour MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Training, with Nina Be as his mentor. He still considers this to be one of the best decisions he ever made.
After completing his training, Bart started teaching at the Body Center. He currently teaches at Global Breath Studio, and at several downtown Durham companies. He co-leads the MindBody Centering Yoga Immersions with Nina Be, and is available for private Mindfulness Coaching.
Bart has spent four retreats with his spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, who has informed his understanding of meditation & mindfulness.
In 2014 he completed his "Life Of A Yogi" teacher training with Dharma Mittra.
As a seeker of living a fully present life, Bridget was drawn to a practice of mindfulness and yoga at a young age. She believes in living a life that is free of judgement and full of joy and gratitude. These feelings inform and guide her practice and teaching, which is heavily focused on the mind-body connection. Bridget's classes are playful and accessible, linking movement with breath and practicing safe, mindful alignment. Bridget has been trained in Ashtanga and also completed a 200 hour teacher training in MindBody Centering Yoga with Global Breath Studio in 2014. Her education is continuing as she acts as an apprentice with MBCY by assisting in their 200-hour YTTs. When off her mat, Bridget is working towards her PhD in Biomedical Engineering with focus on cancer diagnostics and therapeutics.
PT, ScD, MA, & Master Teacher in Alexander Technique and Somatics
Glenna Batson, PT, ScD, MA is an independent movement educator with nearly four decades of teaching experience in somatically informed dance education. She was the first person to be trained by Irene Dowd in Ideokinesis in 1977. She is also an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has been taught in various capacities for the American Dance Festival for 29 years. She is the author of Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and editor/contributor of Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives (both by University of Chicago Press, 2014). At 67 years young, she remains inspired by many inroads to embodied knowledge – contemplative to expressive, artistic to scientific. She lives in Durham.
FIBER ARTIST, YOGA THERAPIST, CONTEMPLATIVE EMBODIMENT EDUCATER :: RYT 500
Elliott has been teaching yoga asana since 1993, and guiding therapeutic embodiment and mindfulness meditation practices since 1997. First encounters with the world of Yoga came via inheriting the library of a beloved relative. Books led to experiments in perceiving and moving life energies. Of course book covers and pages rubbed and stood and collapsed next to myriad other neighboring subjects, including colonization histories, identity and expression theories, as well as fine art biases – all finding their ways into Elliott’s heartmindbody. Studying cultural rituals around birth, developmental life stages, and dying & death rendered Elliott into adulthood, through artistic performance and mixed media manifestations. Sitting, bowing, standing, walking, lying, and ever shaping the body with breath continue to percolate and season Elliott’s presence. Trungpa Rinpoche’s Mudra Space Awareness practices are a huge influence on elliott’s being and working in the world.
With advanced studies in yoga therapy, somatic psychology, developmental movement patterns, anatomy and physiology, contemplative education, habits of mind, and creative arts, Elliott brings a quiet and reflective presence to meet your curiosities and personal insights about your current conditions and desires for change.
MBCY Nada Yoga Instructor
ISABEL CASTELLVI is a versatile musician, sound healer, yogi, lover of plants, herbal medicine and Ayurveda, and student of life. Isabel share’s music with audiences all over the world and has performed, recorded and taught throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East. Inspired and informed by her travels and the chance to connect with beings around the globe through music Isabel aspires to share this insight of oneness. The experience of being able to play music for and with others, often without sharing a spoken language and cultural identity, has been deeply insightful about the power of sound energy speak to all of us, to open our hearts and unite us both in our bodies and in formless space.
Isabel has led workshops on nada yoga, toning/chanting and various forms of sound healing in New York, Chicago, Los Angelos, India and Nicaragua alongside masterful yoga teachers. In February 2015 she co-led a week long yogascape retreat with yoga teacher Dana Rizer in Nicaragua. There she was able to play live music for two classes each day, and in the evenings led meditations, sound healing workshops, chakra chanting and walking meditations on the beach. In the summer of 2014 season she was invited to be the Bard, musician in residence The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. There she had a chance to exchange with the community, compose new music, perform and teach workshops on creative improvisation, sound healing & nada yoga.
She currently studies North Indian Classical Music with renowned vocalist Sri. Rajyasree Ghosh in Kolkata, India and New York City. Isabel received a Bachelor’s in music performance at DePaul University and a Master's in the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music.
DR. MAURICE WERNESS
MAURICE WERNESS, ND worked with Raleigh-based Akea to design a whole food nutritional supplement which incorporates the nutrients and foods consumed in the World's Longevity Hot Spots. He also closely compared the lifestyle choices of people there with the average American lifestyle and helped design a wellness protocol called the BluePrint for Life, which offers simple suggestions for integrating these lessons into our daily lives. The BluePrint for Life encompasses five principals: movement, nutrition, connection, relaxation and purpose. When applied concurrently these principals set the stage for optimal health.
Dr. Werness has dedicated his life to the research and prevention of chronic illnesses. He has developed an expertise in treating and preventing heart disease, high blood pressure and all forms of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Werness received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. He is the President for the Institute for Natural Medicine, has co-authored four books on natural healing and has long-studied the effects of nutrition on wellness and longevity.
MBCY ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTOR
RACHEL NIKETOPOULOS is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique, and has been teaching since 2002. She completed her MindBody Centering Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2010. Her passionate interest in conscious anatomy has inspired many MindBody Centering students to move out of holding and grasping and into greater fluidity and flexibility.
When not working at Global Breath, Rachel plays French horn in the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra — which she joined in 2005. She started playing the horn when she was 11, earned music degrees from the Universities of Iowa and Missouri in Kansas City, and has been playing horn professionally since 1989. Rachel is the 7th of 8 children, growing up in a house full of music, art, and bicycles. As an animal activist, especially for the pithy pitbull breed, Rachel is an unstoppable champion of non-violence for all living beings. And she bicycles to work.
As part of her MBCY training, Rachel began volunteering with JobStart in Raleigh - the yoga program for current women inmates. She is grateful for the weekly opportunity to introduce many new ideas under the giant umbrella of yoga: mindfulness, self-healing, movement, meditation, diet choices, and health.
Rachel also teaches a semester-long Alexander Technique course at the UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
MBCY RYT-200 Teacher // Digital Marketing Consultant
As Public Anthropologist and Digital Marketing Consultant, and now a Yogi, Pablo specializes in media outreach and organizational development, aka a professional bridge builder between taking an idea and turning into an action. His work has involved targeting healthy, sustainable habits and figuring out how to implement them in various communities in as many creative ways as possible; i.e. art, youth modules, working networks, various cultural and educational events, and yoga classes.
His passions thrives from being part of a movement that pushes for action and works together in order to motivate, engage, and listen. He believes that in order to grow and truly have compassion for all, we need to continue promoting love and inspiring sustainable habits.